By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
The school board of the Garden Grove Unified School District received a letter from Chris Prevatt, the publisher of TheLiberalOC.com, detailing a request for a public remedy of board member KimOanh Nguyen-Lam’s allegations of a Brown Act violation.
Dr. Nguyen-Lam walked out of the Jan. 5 meeting after stating on record that a Brown Act violation had occurred at the last Dec. meeting of the school board.
Dr. Nguyen-Lam stated that board vice president Lan Nguyen had spoken with board members Bob Harden and George West about nominating and voting Harden in as president for the year.
In the letter, Prevatt said that at the Jan. 5 meeting that Harden and Nguyen acknowledged that a conversation had taken place, but had not intended it as a violation of trust. Prevatt also said in the letter that the specifics of West’s involvement remained uncertain.
West denied involvement in the situation in Jan. 5, saying that he had no recollection of what was said at the December meeting. West declined to comment further on the subject.
In the letter, Prevatt said, “There is no way the public can know whether the ultimate action of the Board would have been any different if these discussions had not occurred. There is also no reason to believe that the voiding of those decisions and conducting the vote again would result in a different decision. In fact the only real remedy would be the acknowledgement that a mistake was made which creates the impression that the Brown Act may have been violated, and a commitment by the Board to not make the same mistake again.”
Prevatt asked that Nguyen, West and Harden publicly acknowledge that conversations took place and to apologize to the public. Prevatt said that although the actions may not violate the specifications of the Brown Act itself, that it was in violation of the spirit of the act.
Prevatt also asked that, “The Board of Trustees affirm their commitment individually and publicly to refrain from such discussions in the future.”